Last night, a deep area of low pressure moved across southern England and is now weakening as it continues eastwards.
As expected, the system brought heavy rain and widespread northwesterly gales across south Wales and southwest England. Severe gales were experienced locally in more exposed areas with wind gusts of 60-70mph, locally higher.
Wind gust speeds midnight to 3pm Wednesday 9 March:
|NEEDLES OLD BATTERY||ISLE OF WIGHT||82|
|ISLE OF PORTLAND||DORSET||69|
|SCILLY: ST MARYS AIRPORT||ISLES OF SCILLY||63|
Rainfall totals were in the order of 20-30mm with as much as 40mm possible once the rain clears later today. These figures are consistent with our forecasts and the severe weather warnings issued yesterday.
Rainfall totals 10pm Tuesday 8 March to 10am Wednesday 9 March:
|WINCHCOMBE, SUDELEY CASTLE||GLOUCESTERSHIRE||35.4|
|PERSHORE COLLEGE||HEREFORD & WORCESTER||34.6|
|ASTWOOD BANK||HEREFORD & WORCESTER||31.2|
|NORTHAMPTON, MOULTON PARK||NORTHAMPTONSHIRE||31.2|
A full impact assessment has not yet been completed, but the information gathered so far show the wind impacts to be of a level consistent with the yellow warning for low impacts issued yesterday.
Interestingly, the winds overnight were from a cold northerly direction, which is very different to the prevailing southwesterly that make up the majority of our strong winds here in the UK. This may be why the wind today has been more noticeable than normal.
The winds and their impact have generated some interest in southwest England on social media under #stormwithnoname. The Met Office, together with Met Éireann is running a pilot project ‘Name our Storms‘ to help raise awareness of severe weather. Storms are named by the Met Office when medium or high impacts are forecast as a result of high winds. As this weather system was not expected to meet this criteria it was not named.